1 To make shorter; to shorten in duration; to lessen; to diminish; to curtail; as, to abridge labor; to abridge power or rights. “The bridegroom . . . abridged his visit.” Smollett. She retired herself to Sebaste, and abridged her train from state to necessity. Fuller.
2 To shorten or contract by using fewer words, yet retaining the sense; to epitomize; to condense; as, to abridge a history or dictionary.
3 To deprive; to cut off; — followed by of, and formerly by from; as, to abridge one of his rights.